The McClure Gallery of the VAC is an exhibition venue for professional artists, community based artists, and young emerging artists. The gallery serves a strong educational function in the community, encouraging public appreciation of contemporary art through seminars, lectures and tours. Accompanying exhibition catalogues are published when funding is available.
While the gallery mostly serves the Montreal and Quebec visual arts community, it welcomes submissions from further afield. We also welcome proposals from guest curators, through our Curatorial Programme.
McClure Gallery Season 2022 – 2023
Exhibitions & Public Programming Winter 2023
François Morelli, Reforestation, 1989-90.
XYZ – Artist Books (1973 – 2023)
Curator: Étienne Tremblay-Tardif
January 6 to 28, 2023
Art Hive with François Morelli (in-person): January 28, 10:30 am to 1 pm
The McClure Gallery of the Visual Arts Centre is delighted to present X Y Z – François Morelli – Artists Books (1973 – 2023), a solo exhibition by interdisciplinary artist François Morelli. This exhibition looks at 50 years of practice through the format of the artist book. Over the course of a year, François Morelli and curator Étienne Tremblay-Tardif searched the drawers and archives of the artist’s studio to unearth a large selection of leaflets and folios, scrolls and bound sheets, sequences of images, words and objects.
Sébastien Gaudette, Sortir du cadre, 2019, Installation of papers, Variable size. Photo credit: Geneviève Moreau
February 3 to 25, 2023
Art Hive with Sébastien Gaudette (in person): February 25, 10:30 am to 1 pm
The exhibition Géométrie verticale is built around the themes of mimicry, trompe-l’oeil, gesture and trace. Sébastien Gaudette’s artistic production could be described as a staging on paper between drawing, sculpture and writing. His conceptual premise is to explore the richness that emerges from the opposition of these three compositional systems and, by working with their contrasting but complementary natures, to create new a visual language that dwells in between the these mediums.
Kama La Mackerel, My mother’s dreams, video still, 2020.
Who sings the queer island body?
Kama La Mackerel
March 3 to 25, 2023
Art Hive with Kama La Mackerel (in-person): March 4, 10:30 am to 1 pm
Island spaces have a long and persisting history of being represented as terra nullius— wild, empty spaces, in a pristine state of nature, to be exploited for transactional, colonial enterprises. In this new interdisciplinary exhibition, Kama La Mackerel reclaims the sovereignty of islands as a decolonial and spiritual force in relationship to their queer/trans body. Bringing together ancestral, geological and ecological memories through sound, poetry, photography, moving image and textile installations, Who sings the queer island body? offers a new cartography for the coming-into-being of island sovereignty.